DISPUTE RESOLUTION

Faculty members at the University of Michigan often come to the AAUP for assistance when they find themselves involved in a dispute either with administrators or with other faculty members.  Wilfred Kaplan, the Chapter's former Executive Secretary, from time to time will present on this page a report on presently active cases of faculty members who have sought the assistance of the AAUP Chapter in correcting alleged abuses. In each case one or more Chapter representatives consult with the faculty member and suggest steps which could be productive in solving the problem. The Chapter often consults with the national office of AAUP on the cases. In rare cases the national organization may find the reported abuse to merit a Committee A investigation; that is, an investigation by a committee of professors from other universities, charged with reporting on the case. The report goes to national Committee A, which may recommend censure of the institution.  The purpose of this new feature on active cases is to inform the academic community as to the types of problems that faculty members encounter and to encourage others, when confronted with such difficult problems, to seek the advice and support of their local AAUP Chapter.  Such individuals should contact Charles B. Smith (734-743-9825 or cbsmith@umich.edu).   The Chapter's Executive Committee has also prepared a set of guidelines or procedures that faculty members might consider following when they find it necessary to consult of the AAUP.  Click here to read short descriptions of current cases of faculty members who have sought out the assistance of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor AAUP Chapter.  Click here to review the Chapter's guidelines designed to assist a faculty member in preparing her/his case.


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